Thank you, Dale! I am honored to have such a wonderful and unique example of so many BC traditions. I miss you, bud. I’m sad I can’t play at the Oarlock and Sail Club with you. But whenever I can, I’ll be coming up. I dream of a giant, spontaneous raft up a la Poor Man’s Rock, once again reunited with our water family.
Kirk - In the myopia of organizing the Show, I somehow missed this one until now - this is SO COOL! I was a rowing coach for many years, and if I'd seen this prior I would've scuttled my Stillwater coaching catamaran and insisted that I get something like CONNY. What a magnificent boat, with incomparable provenance. Thank you for sharing her! Also, I live on Puget Sound and would love to connect to see if we can make a full Off Center Harbor video on her someday - let me know if you'd be up for it.
It all started about 2 weeks into our 3-week "Race" to Alaska aboard a 17' open dinghy. In Tolmie Channel, rowing a sailboat slowly across glass-calm water, appreciating sporadic waterfalls and that - for now - at least it wasn't pouring rain. A sweet troller chugged up the channel, and the other R2AKer we were buddy-boating with said "Hey, I know that boat from Sidney!" As the troller pulled abeam and slowed, we saw that she was called TOMTE, with a radiant Angel of a woman waving from the deck. The Angel was giving us encouragement in that perfect, optimistic...
Thanks Diane! I would HIGHLY recommend the pilothouse. It is such a wonderful perch, rain, snow, or shine, underway or moored. I'm not sure about the name of the Eric Jrs, but I need to add this to the description: when I asked the builder Ron why the Crow wasn't going to one of his daughters, he said "well, amazingly enough, a few years ago she found my Eric Jr on craigslist and bought it!"